How to create Festive CAS Cards for Last Minute Christmas Needs

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Handmade cards are such thoughtful gifts to receive this holiday season, but what do you do if you didn’t start making them early enough, or you run out? Check out how to make a CAS card using our Pine Bough Background, and bring a little holiday cheer to a friends mailbox this year!

Let’s follow along with our designer, Carol, and watch her create three clean and simple, quick and easy, card designs for those cards you need at the last minute! A clean and simple card design can be defined in several ways, depending upon who you ask. I think this set of cards fits the CAS category by using minimal supplies with one simple background stamp and a sentiment. These three cards go from super quick to a bit more detailed (meaning a little more time required) so keep reading for all of the details.

Quickest CAS card:

  • Stamp the Pine Bough Background stamp with Basil ink (Color Fuse set #10) onto 80# Neenah Solar white cardstock.
  • Repeat the stamping onto another piece of white cardstock. We will use this one for one of the other cards.
  • I use a stamp positioning tool (I use a MISTI) so that I can repeat the stamping, if needed.
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  • Stamp the sentiment from the Pine Bough Background stamp set with Versamark clear embossing ink onto both of the panels stamped with Basil ink.
  • Sprinkle on gold embossing powder and use your heat tool to set each sentiment.
  • Trim both panels to 4″ x 5-¼”, or use the largest Nested Rectangle die to cut them to this size.
  • NOTE: Set one of the panels aside to be used for another card (details following).
  • Add foam tape to the back of the panel to adhere it to an A2 card base.
  • I use foam tape on card panels that have been heat embossed, which will flatten any warping that may have happened from the heat.
  • I added a few coordinating pearl stickers to add a simple embellishment. You could also add glitter drops for a pretty effect.

Card #2 (almost as fast as the previous card)

  • This time stamp the Pine Bough Background stamp onto white cardstock with clear embossing ink.
  • Sprinkle on gold embossing powder and use your heat tool to set it.
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  • Next stamp the sentiment with Versamark, add gold embossing powder, and heat set it.
  • Trim the panel to 4″ x 5-¼”, add foam tape and adhere it to an A2 card base.
  • A few gold pearl stickers adds just a touch more shine!

Card #3 (most time required)

  • For our third and final card, we will add just a bit of coloring with alcohol markers. You could also use colored pencils.
  • Color the reserved panel (the second one we stamped with Basil ink) with your desired coloring medium. I used a few Copic markers for some simple coloring. This photo shows the colors I used.
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  • I repeated the same steps as the previous two cards to finish.
  • Trim the panel, add foam tape to the back, and adhere to an A2 card base.
  • You may notice that here, I did not stamp the sentiment as I mentioned to do for the first card. This is a do as I say, not as I do moment! Haha! Stamping the sentiments at the same time just makes sense, and also saves time!

Card #1 photos:

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Card #2 photos:

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Card #3 photos:

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Want to create these fun clean and simple cards for yourself? Shop below and have a Merry Christmas getting crafty!

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